Thursday, March 12, 2015

Targetted IHG promo

I had written this post in 2014 April. Not sure why it did not publish then. But here it is for now..

Last week I received a targetted IHG rewards club promo - Get 5,000 Bonus points back in your account, when you book using Points & Cash. The first thought that crossed my mind was - IHG is inside my head..!! They know exactly what deal to throw my way to make me book a stay.

At that precise moment, I happened to be looking for a one night stay near Houston Airport, as I had an early morning flight to Miami (remember- the trip I booked using Avios and MR ??). The hotels were in the range of $70 - $100. More than I wanted to pay for one night. IHG's Staybridge Suites, at the airport was for $90+Tax.

Just then, I received IHG's "we-know-what-you-want" email..

Get 5,000 Bonus Points Back in Your Account
When You Book Using Points & Cash

Dear Sameer,

Make the most out of your points and book a Reward Night using a combination of your IHG® Rewards Club points plus cash. With the Points & Cash program, you can book your next Reward Night at any of the more than 4,700 IHG hotels worldwide without waiting to accumulate more points. Plus, book now through July 15 and we will refill your account with 5,000 points.*

As soon as I received this, I knew what to do. I quickly searched for hotels in Houston. Found the Staybridge suites for 10,000 IHG points, or 5000 IHG+$42. Before long, I had a hotel booking for $42, which a few minutes earlier was costing my $90. The 5000 points would come back in my account once the promo is over, so I am not worried. (Update- I did get the points back, so this deal worked out to be 50% discount on the cash price..!!!)

What a great way to get what you want at the price you are willing to pay. Thank you IHG..!!

Did you get a targeted offer?? How did u make the best of it ??